EU Court Nixes Deutsche Bahn Trademark Appeals

Law360, New York (November 12, 2010, 2:25 PM EST) -- Deutsche Bahn AG lost a bid to trademark its red and gray signs Friday after a European Union court ruled on appeal that there was nothing distinctive enough about the combination to justify giving the German rail carrier a monopoly for a combination of colors commonly used in that industry.

The EU General Court dismissed two appeals from Deutsche Bahn, which had argued that its signs did identify the company and that the appeals board of the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market had erred...
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